Premier League to discuss rule on curtailment should future seasons be cut short

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The Premier League will hold talks with clubs this week over just what to do should a coronavirus-type shutdown ever occur again.

With nothing in writing over just what to do should matches be unable to take place, the suspension of football in March was met with a wide array of opinions over what should happen.

Some leagues – including the top-flights in Scotland, France and Holland – decided to curtail their season early, with Celtic and Paris Saint-Germain declared as champions of the Scottish Premiership and Ligue 1 respectively.

The Dutch Eredivisie title was not awarded as Ajax and AZ Alkmaar stood level on 56 points from 25 matches, while there was no relegation from the top-flight.

In England, the Premier League and Championship resumed but Leagues One and Two were determined on a points-per-game average, with the promotion playoffs then held as normal.

Most major leagues resumed around Europe, with the 92 matches in the Premier League able to take place safely between June and July.

Liverpool – who ultimately would have won the league title with the points they achieved before lockdown – were crowned champions, while Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich were relegated.

BBC Sport report that the issue over how to decide seasons will be discussed on Thursday at what will be the first meeting of the 20 Premier League clubs for the 2020/21 season.

Tuesday’s Championship playoff final between Brentford and Fulham will determine next season’s 20th and final club.

The issue over the use of five substitutes will also be discussed at the meeting, with some clubs said to be in favour of the temporary measure which was introduced for the season’s restart.

VAR and the return of fans to stadiums is also set to be discussed at the meeting.

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